“People just don’t seem to understand the severity of the injury and cannot accept the fact that an athlete can die of a broken leg. It was an embolism caused by blood clots that formed in his left leg.”
“His left leg was shattered–compound fracture, broken in four or five places–and required a steel pin inserted through his ankle so a weighted pulley could be attached to reposition the bones. This was weeks before a cast was placed on the leg (News pictures from the hospital show this).”
“The night of his death, the doctor did an x-ray on the leg and saw the clots. Blood clots are extremely dangerous and once loose in the blood stream can be fatal. It is our understanding that, even in 1937, they had the means to dissolve blood clots. But the doctor decided the problem could wait until morning.”
“The morning was too late.”
-H. Morenz III
SOURCE: Society for International Hockey Research, 2005.